Commencement 2019

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Virginia Wesleyan graduate Kristie (Sigmon) Middleton ’98, senior food policy director of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) , has written a book called MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time. The book, which will be released by Da Capo Press in March 2017, includes recipes and tips for a concise, practical, and realistic approach to enjoying healthier meatless meals. The book also addresses animal welfare issues. In her role with the HSUS, Middleton oversees efforts to drive plant-based eating and has worked with some of the nation’s largest school districts, as well as dozens of hospitals and colleges to implement healthier eating programs. She holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Middleton lives with her husband, four cats, and a dog in Oakland, California. Middleton majored in communications at Virginia Wesleyan, an experience she says “opened my eyes to the possibilities of driving positive changes in our society through effective communication.”